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About BHGS

About Branham Hills Girls Softball

 
Branham Hills Girls Softball is a community based softball league established for girls age 5-14. We are committed to giving any girl, regardless of race, color,  creed, financial situation or athletic ability, the freedom to participate in recreational softball. We are a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. We are affiliated with USA Softball and play under their rules.
 
When is the season?
The rec league season runs from the beginning of February and ends before Memorial Day weekend. Opening Day Ceremony is usually in mid March. Closing Ceremony is usually held the weekend prior to Memorial Day.
 
What are the family commitments?
Each family is required to volunteer their time in some manner over the course of the season. Each team has a volunteer Coach, Asst. Coach and Manager, one of these must be a female, and present at all practices and games.  One team female chaperone must also be present to escort girls to the restrooms if needed. The rest of the parents are required to work a snack shack shift or two over the course of the season (games and opening day). Additional helpers for your team are needed for scorekeeping (10U and older), setting up fields, and putting away equipment after games.
 
At what level or division will my daughter be assigned?
The age of your daughter, as of January 1st of the playing season, determines the division she will be assigned.
 
What is required of me if I want to be a coach, asst. coach or manager of a team?
  • If you are chosen to be a coach, asst. coach or manager you must:
  • Become ACE certified and turn in receipt showing cleared background check and test completed.
  • Attend coach clinics provided by BHGS (locations may vary)
  • Attend coach pitching clinic for 8U and older divisions. At least one coach per team must attend. Coach clinics are paid for by BHGS, please take advantage of these clinics.
  • Attend pre-season meeting held by Division Rep. and/or other BHGS board members.
  • Help team with Hit-A-Thon where ever possible.
Fees
There are both Mandatory and Optional fees/costs associated with playing softball at BHGS.
 
  • (Mandatory) Registration fees as stated for the applicable year.  See "What does the league supply?" below for more details.
  • (Mandatory) Equipment required includes black softball pants/shorts (depending on division - see below), a fielding glove, and cleats/tennis shoes (depending on division - see below).  These are purchased on your own from a local sporting goods store or online.
  • (Optional) Additional equipment may include a batting helmet with facemask and a bat.  Each team has helmets and bats to share but you are welcome to bring your own.  See the divisions below for more details on Equipment.
  • (Optional) Fundraising opportunities including team or player sponsorship, Hit-a-Thon, and Opening Day Raffle Baskets
  • (Optional) Team fees such as hair ribbons, end of the year party, and coaches gifts.
  • (Optional) Snack shack buyout if you do not want to work an assigned snack shack shift.
What does the league supply?
As part of your child's registration, she will receive:
  • A visor
  • Team Jersey
  • Team Socks
  • Individual and team photo
  • Participation Trophy
  • End of season Yearbook
  • Team Banner
  • Insurance- USA Softball Registration
  • 8U, 10U & 12U Pitching Clinics from Cutting Edge are offered at Alta Vista and their facility, Look for the sign up emails!
  • 8U Saturday Pitching Clinics at Alta Vista 

 

Divisions and the guideline rules they follow.
 
6U T-ball  (Age 5-6)
Play Monday evenings and Saturday mornings at 9:00 am.
 
 
  • No score is kept
  • Everyone bats & plays in the field every inning
  • Players are placed on teams with friends by buddy system and school they are attending
  • Parents are encouraged to participate in practices and games
  • The team staff consists of parent volunteers, head Coach, asst. coach and manager
  • Goal is to learn the game and have fun!
Equipment needed
Glove, black pants or black shorts, softball cleats or tennis shoes.  Bat and helmets are provided in the team bag to share, but you are welcome to bring your own.
 
 
8U (Age 7-8)
Play Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at 10:00am.
 
 
  • Focuses on skill building and fun
  • Players pitch, pitching clinics offered by BHGS
  • Players are placed on teams with friends by buddy system and school they are attending
Equipment needed
Glove, black softball pants, and softball cleats (no metal).  Bat and helmets are provided in the team bag to share, but you are welcome to bring your own. If you purchase your own helmet it must have a face mask and NOCSAE certified and bats must be USA Softball/ASA certified.
 
 
10U (Age 9-10)
Play Tuesday Evenings and Saturdays late morning/early afternoons. One additional practice per week once games begin. No set schedule for practice. Some travel to play interleague games on some Saturdays.

 

Click here for 10U Rules

  • Pitching clinics offered by BHGS
  • All girls play, subs are rotated in
  • Score and team standings are kept
  • Base stealing and sliding are introduced and encouraged
  • Players are placed on a team through an evaluation system
Equipment needed
Glove, black softball pants, padded sliding shorts to wear under pants and softball cleats (no metal). Optional: sliding pads for knees or full leg protection (for one, or both legs). Bat and helmets are provided in the team bag to share, but you are welcome to bring your own. If you purchase your own helmet it must have a face mask and NOCSAE certified, and bats must be USA Softball/ASA certified.
 
12U (Age 11-12)
Play Thursday Evenings and Saturdays afternoons, some travel to play interleague games. One additional practice per week once games begin. No set practice schedule.
 
 
  • The score and team standings are kept
  • This division includes base stealing, and dropped 3rd strike
  • Players are placed on a team through evaluation process
  • Pitching clinics offered by BHGS
Equipment needed
Glove, black softball pants, padded sliding shorts to wear under pants and softball cleats (no metal). Optional: sliding pads for knees or full leg protection (for one, or both legs). Bat and helmets are provided in the team bag to share, but you are welcome to bring your own. If you purchase your own helmet it must have a face mask and NOCSAE certified, and bats must be ASA certified.
 
 
14U (Age 13-14)
Will travel to play interleague games. One additional practice per week once games begin. No set practice or game schedule.
 
 
  • Players are placed on teams based on BHGS Quakes evaluations

 

Thunder Summer/Fall Teams

BHGS has a summer/fall travel softball program that is very competitive.  This division is more competitive than rec ball, and plays from May - July for the summer, and Aug-Oct for the fall.  Teams are selected based on try outs. For 14U we also offer Quakes teams which has B ball and A ball teams which is the highest level of competition for their age group.
 
Where does BHGS Play?
Practices and games are at Alta Vista Elementary school at 200 Blossom Valley Drive Los Gatos.  Some of the 12U play at Alta Vista and also travel to other fields throughout Silicon Valley for games. 14U location of play may vary and will be announced after B and A teams are formed. 
 
How do I know which team my child will be on?
In late January/ early February a team staff member will contact you to welcome you to their team. You will be informed of the first team meeting and practice.  6U and 8U divisions have a special meet and greet at Alta Vista before they officially start practices.  All other divisions will be contacted by their coach with team meeting date and 1st practice schedule.
 
What if it is raining on the day of my practice or game?
Check website for field status.
 
Who do I contact if I need information?

Click here for a specific board member you would like to email depending on the questions you have.